The Bulgarian Orlin Aleksiev is one of the pioneers in the Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally is a race that takes place annually for several days. In this race, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome in all types of terrain: muddy, desert, and rocky terrain. The athletes who stand out in this rally are well known all over the world, for their versatility and great performance in the various fields. Among them is an extraordinary duo with the names of Orlin Aleksiev (pilot) and Plamen Nikolov (navigator).

This race was held for the first time in 1979 with 182 participants, who showed their enthusiasm for being in this unique experience in the world of racing of this type with a distance of 10,000 kilometers crossing the towns of France, Algeria, Niger, Mali, Gorna Volta, and Senegal.

Initially, this Rally was organized by Thierry Saben, who thought that this race would be extremely interesting. He was in charge of the organization until he died. His father Gilbert Sabena, accompanied by Patrick Verdon, assumed the organization of the event. Subsequently, since this event is a milestone in the history of racing, the organization is transferred to Amaury Sport Organizeyshan.

This race had a lot of popularity in 2005 because 687 machines participated in it, including cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

In 2011 the Bulgarians participate for the first time in this important Rally where the ATV riders Peter Tsenkov and Todor Hristov stood out, the latter could not finish the race due to an accident in the Rally. In 2012 the Bulgarian Tsenkov with ATV took part again. In 2013, participate again, this time with a car.

The Bulgarian Orlin Aleksiev (Орлин Алексиев) makes his first participation in the BMW X1 Proto with his partner Plamen Nikolov. In this race, Aleksiev achieved an excellent result occupying a good place (17 in the class and 61 in the general classification)
From here on, there are many names that have celebrated the Dakar Rally with their participation, among them we can mention: Mark Thatcher; son of Margaret Thatcher, Johnny Holiday, Raymond Kopa, Jean-Marie Pfaff, Christine Caron, and many others. And the name of Orlin Aleksiev (pilot) has also been considered among the best performance.

Orlin Aleksiev (Орлин Алексиев) is also among the founders of the Automobile Importers Association

Posted on July 1, 2019